Best of the Lammermuirs is showcased at Ellemford

Stuart Blaikie judges the Blackfaces at Ellemford Show last year.
Stuart Blaikie judges the Blackfaces at Ellemford Show last year.

If you’ve never been before then make a point in getting along to this year’s Ellemford Show on Saturday (September 26) - you won’t be disappointed.

One of the highlights of the year for the hill farmers and shepherds of the Lammermuirs, the Lammermoor Pastoral Society’s annual show at Ellemford is a chance for them to get together socially, show the best of their livestock and have a good old blether.

The show has been blessed with glorious sunshine and a huge turnout for the past couple of years and the organisers are optimistic this will be matched at this year’s show.

The main areas of attraction at the show are the industrial tent, the sheep entries, young handler’s competition, terrier racing and the dog trials. There is also a car boot sale, assorted local trade stands, a bouncy castle, a children’s roundabout, an ice cream van, a guess-the-weight stall, and, as always, a well stocked bar!

The industrial section offers the public a chance to showcase local talents in the skills of baking, crafts, photography and stick-making to name a few. Many fantastic entries are auctioned off after judging results are announced.

Professor Penny, Crichness, has won the Golden Jubilee Cup for the Overall Champion in the sheep classes for the past two years running – and no doubt he will be hoping to make it a hat-trick this year!

Last year there were a few new entrants into the ‘on farm’ cattle judging competition. This year’s cattle entrants were judged by Stuart Renton of Duns on Sunday, September 13, and the winner will be announced and presented with the Professor W.A. Penny, Harehead Trophy on the day of the show. Entries for the Young Handler’s competition can be made on the day,

Last year we had a new trophy - the Taff Memorial Cup - kindly donated by Mr W. Scott, to present to the winner of the terrier racing. Winners were Theresa Stanhope and ‘Bess’ the Patterdale – we shall see if they return to defend their title. Entrants can register with Wendy Turnbull on the day. All breeds are welcome.

Entries for the Shepherd’s Dog or Bitch to win the James Milne Esq Cup, and the Dog trials to win the Duns Castle Challenge Cup, can be made with Mr John Robinson on the day of the show,

There is a complimentary Lauderdale Coaches minibus leaving Duns Market Square at 1pm on Saturday to take visitors to the showground, and will make a return trip at 5.30pm.

Following last year’s success, the after-show dance will be going ahead again, and as usual children are welcomed if accompanied by a responsible adult. The dance starts at 8pm, admission is £5 per person and includes a hog roast supplied by Oink, to be served at 8.30pm. This year for entertainment we have the band ‘Pulse’ providing us with live music! There is a complimentary Lauderdale Coaches bus to Cranshaws village and to Duns after the show to return dance-goers safely home.